So what’s next?
Be willing to let someone else help you.
For one reason or another, it has been difficult for you to confront your loved one, or maybe you have with poor results – these poor results have reinforced that intervention may not work in your case.
This is when you bring someone in – a professional interventionist perhaps.
If you can’t afford a professional to facilitate the process, then I reccomend that you chose someone in your circle of family in friends to take the lead. Someone other than you. Someone they respect and love, but also someone that the addict does not deal with on a regular basis. Someone that has not been manipulated in the past. Someone that can be unbiased.
The message needs to be simple and clear. The group needs to stand united and deliver a clear, unified message. We love you, we support you, but we will not stand by as you continue to kill youself. Seek the treatment we have found for you, or we must burn all bridges. We will not enable you. We will not support your addiction.
Needles to say; this part is hard. Leading up to this announcement however, don’t get into any confict. Stay away from accusations. Speak from your heart. No one, especially addicts, want to hear what they are doing to themselves, and how they need help to save their lives.
Rather, what they need to hear, is how their acitons have hurt you – how their actions have hurt each and every one of you in the circle of family and friends.
Drugs cloud the mind. Logically, and emotionally.
The addict needs to hear the pain that they have caused. They also need to hear that their is hope, their is help.
Having someone act as a buffer between family and addict is important.
In part 3 we will discuss how you choose a good interventionist and also PLAN B – what if the addict chooses that they don’t want treatment.